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Report: Rasheed Wallace wants to make NBA comeback

Jan 13, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

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I feel the need… the need for ‘Sheed. (Arguably the best NBA blog name ever.)

Rasheed Wallace — the veteran and versatile big man who won a ring in Detroit and was a four-time All-Star — is serious about a comeback, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

When last we saw ‘Sheed, he was the Celtics’ best player in a Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA finals. He’s a big man who can play and defend in the paint but has shooting range out to the three point line. When he walked away from the game at age 35 he was still a serviceable big man, someone a lot of teams could use in their rotation.

Is he still after a couple years off? And how ready is a guy who didn’t exactly love the practice and conditioning parts of the game when he was in the league?

One NBA GM with potential interest in signing Wallace said, “I’d be worried about his conditioning in a condensed season.”

Don’t expect Wallace to land back in Boston where he ended his career, the Celtics are not interested, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

A league source told CSNNE.com Thursday night that Wallace will give the Celtics some consideration, but “he’s going to look at all his options” before making any decision.

From the C’s standpoint, adding Wallace would involve releasing a player with the Celtics roster now at 15 players with the recent addition of Mickael Pietrus. Rookie center Greg Stiemsma might wind up being the odd man out if Wallace returns (because he does not have a guaranteed contract).

If it’s not Boston, some team will take a chance on Sheed. And we’ll all be better for it.

  1. jbthedon - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    He can sign with his hometown team. The sixers need a big man.Come on home.

    • areyesrn - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      Doug Collins (and even Billy King before he left) always talked about needing more “bigs”

  2. cup0pizza - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Needs weed money

  3. getit28 - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    the league is better off without him. go play pick up somewhere

  4. illegalblues - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    oh man, i hope he makes it back. sheed is my all-time favorite player.

  5. rajbais - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Stephen A. Smith brought this up last year, too. However, after it didn’t happen I saw him Tweet back to a fan stating that Wallace had some family issues in Florida.

  6. bozosforall - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    If he wants a ring, then he had better rebuff any and all Boston overtures. Because that team is only going downward.

  7. acdc363 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Holy crap this is the best news I’ve read on this site in ages!

  8. SOBEIT - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Warriors need a center. But what are his salary demands? I have a bad feeling ownership will be delusional enough to offer over $7M that they gave to Kwame to play 9 games. Sheed would not mind that kind of compensation!

  9. gcbball3 - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    To me this means he’s la la land bound, the clips need him more and would not be a surprise I’m sure Chauncey bill ups wouldn’t mind kicking it out to shed, but the lakers will probably make a run as well. The heat and Knicks really could use him

  10. asublimeday - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Bulls.

  11. seanb20124 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    He made alot of money, but he also spent alot. Kind of soon to be broke already.

  12. boh930 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Wizards need a guy like this. Since before the season started, it was thought they need a guy who can teach the kids to win, and by now, it’s pretty obvious. Unless he is only willing to come back committed to a contender, I think it’s a good fit for Washington

  13. geetee52 - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    He’s a bum the league can do without.

    How many articles were written during his career saying something like “When Wallace is motivated, he’s as good as there is…but…”

    A big crybaby who couldn’t control his emotions…who embraced the thug mentality…is exactly what the league should be trying to get rid of.

    It would be a good thing if he is broke and has to go out and get a real job to make him grow up and realize he blew life’s Professional Athletic Lottery.

  14. jlyer - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    He is obviously a very talented player, but way too obnoxious for my liking. I mean, 250+ technical fouls in his career? Really dude? With the rules being as strict as they are now, ‘Sheed will be ejected from almost every game.

    • jlyer - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      *300+

  15. glink123 - Jan 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Home Depot is hiring, ‘Sheed.

  16. garyrocktown - Jan 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Kings could use a big man who plays D and is intimidating.

  17. cluelessdufus - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    well thats cool a 38 year old power forward who is been out of the the league for 2 years

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